Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE AFFINITIES by Robert Charles Wilson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 21, 2015

"An intriguing and seriously innovative attempt to grapple with some of the issues raised by the 21st century's obsession with social media."
Social science fiction from the author of Burning Paradise (2013, etc.).Read full book review >
THE DOOR IN THE MOON by Catherine Fisher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 24, 2015

"Engrossing and addictive. (Science fiction/fantasy. 12 & up)"
Past, present and future collide; science fiction melds with fantasy and historical thriller in the third volume of this genre-blending quartet. Read full book review >

Oversight by Thomas Claburn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 14, 2015

"An invigorating sci-fi mystery that's so plugged in it may leave readers' brains buzzing."
An investigator uncovers a conspiracy to launch a viral attack in Claburn's (Reflecting Fires, 2001) sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
SHADOW SCALE by Rachel Hartman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015

"Dragon fiction has never flown higher. Seraphina's adventures may be over, but here's hoping there are more Goreddi tales to come. (map, cast of characters, glossary) (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
Having come to terms with her own heritage, both dragon and human, Seraphina is back for more, following her eponymous first outing (2012). Read full book review >
THE FIRE SERMON by Francesca Haig
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015

"With its well-built world, vivid characters and suspenseful plot, this book, the first in a planned trilogy, is poised to become the next must-read hit."
A suspenseful post-apocalyptic adventure about a world cleaved in two. Read full book review >

THE ALEX CROW by Andrew Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 5, 2015

"Magnificently bizarre, irreverent and bitingly witty, this outlandish novel is grounded by likable characters and their raw experiences. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Three stories wind round one another in unexpected ways in this science-fiction offering peppered with recurring symbols. Read full book review >
THE WINNER'S CRIME by Marie Rutkoski
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 3, 2015

"Enthralling, agonizing and incandescent. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
The middle entry in a fantasy trilogy brings new players to the game while exponentially raising the stakes. Read full book review >
PRAIRIE FIRE by E.K. Johnston
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2015

"Grand, heartbreaking, ennobling and unforgettable. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
This follow-up to the acclaimed The Story of Owen (2014) is part adventure, part alternative history, part friendship story, part ecological fable and all heroic saga.Read full book review >
SALT & STONE by Victoria Scott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Mind-blowingly intense. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
The second half of the race started in Fire & Flood (2014).Read full book review >
THE AUTUMN REPUBLIC by Brian McClellan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A slam-bang conclusion to an outstanding trilogy."
Final part of the Powder Mage trilogy (The Crimson Campaign, 2014, etc.) about—well, mix the American Revolution with the Civil War, stir in gods, magic, power politics and what-all, and you'll get the flavor.Read full book review >
SHADOW OF THE WAR MACHINE by Kristin Bailey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Clever machines, well-drawn relationships of varying constellations, literal death traps and world-threatening intrigue, headlined by an aspirational heroine, make this a winner. (Steampunk. 12 & up)"
The high-stakes conclusion of Meg's quest to become an Amusementist and find her missing grandfather. Read full book review >
THE THEMIS FILES by Sylvain Neuvel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"Like the giant alien artifact in the story, this novel is so much more than the sum of its parts—a page-turner of the highest order!"
This stellar debut novel—revolving around a top-secret project to assemble the ancient body parts of a giant humanoid relic buried throughout the world by aliens—masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >